Twisted Colossus, a Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) hybrid roller coaster opened for media the other day at Six Flags Magic Mountain. This ride designed by Allen Schilke sends riders up 121 feet in the air on this dueling racing monster. Twisted Colossus is the re-imagined coaster based on the original Colossus roller coaster only instead of using wood track this coaster used a Iron Horse I Beam style track to twist riders in never before seen directions. This includes a first ever Top Gun Stall, an inversion where one train is upside down in a zero g roll while the other train is below cresting an airtime hill, and the Western Hemisphere’s first ever High Five element, where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that you can reach out and “high five” other riders. Their are also many airtime filled moments, sending you out of you seat 18 times. Parts of the original structure remain for the new ride as well.
Twisted Colossus, the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that thrilled millions of guests in its 36-year reign at the park, will be a unique technological marvel combining an iconic wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track. The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions. Twisted Colossus will feature numerous exciting components including a “Top Gun” element, the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, and a Zero G Roll.
This weekend In The Loop was able to stop by Six Flags Over Georgia to check out their construction projects going on in Gotham City. Six Flags is adding two new attractions to their Gotham line up in 2015. First The Joker Chaos Coaster, a 7 Story Larson looper built by Larson International. Riders will flip upside down, experiencing insanity, traveling both forwards and backwards during the ride. Harley Quinn Spinsanity is the second addition to the Gotham City area. Harley Quinn is a tilt – a – whirl designed for the whole family to spin together. Seven cars rotate around the circular track, spinning in all kinds of directions.
As you can see from the video not much construction is going on. The track for The Joker Larson Looper are on site and could be going vertical any day now. While not a whole lot of construction has started with Harley Quinn. The Harley Quinn ride does not even appear to have its concrete pad footer poured yet. Both rides are expected to open in may. Currently Mind Bender and Crime Wave are operating as normal, and Batman : The Ride is operating backwards as namtaB.
Fury 325 is now open at Carowinds, an amusement park located on the border of North and South Carolina, in Charlotte, NC and Fort Mill, SC. Fury is a brand new giga coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard from Switzerland. Fury 325 is 325 feet tall with a 320 foot drop, making it the tallest lift hill in the world. Fury is more than just a drop. It hits 95 MPH at the base of the first drop. The ride is 3 minutes and 25 seconds long and lasts for 6,602 feet, making it the longest steel roller coaster in North America. Guests from all over came to check out this state of the art roller coaster. Here are some videos from Media Day and Opening Weekend.
First up is a Reverse POV of Clint and Friends as they experience Fury 325
B created a fantastic looking video hosted by Clint Novak
Grand Opening Ceremony with lots of confetti!
Finally watch Drew wait in line for Fury 325 on Passholder Preview Night
Batman: The Ride is starting to look more like a roller coaster every single day. Randall stopped by to check out the progress. Join him as he shows off the ride from the ground, and on the train.
Batman is the worlds first free spin 4th Dimension style roller coaster, built by S&S World Wide. Riders will flip upside down six times as they zig and zag across the track. Taking the place of the old car ride, Motorama Turnpike, Batman: The ride is in the Rockville 50’s themed section of Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Holiday World sent us a Press Release on the successful First Launch of Thunderbird, their New for 2015 launched wing rider. This coaster is build and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard who are known for creating some of the worlds greatest coasters. Holiday World and Thunderbird open on April 25th, 2015. Below is the press release and POV Video!
THUNDERBIRD’S FIRST TEST LAUNCH
DEEMED HUGE SUCCESS
SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Twenty water-filled test dummies got the ride of their lives today as they experienced the first flight of the nation’s only launched wing roller coaster.
As this week’s snow thawed, Thunderbird roared to life this afternoon and launched its first train 14 stories into the cloudless sky at 2:03pm, completing a full ride circuit on its first try.
“We’ve been joking that on this day when we usually ‘spring forward’ to Daylight Savings Time, we decided to launch forward,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “This is a huge milestone for us – Thunderbird is the greatest investment we’ve made since we opened in 1946. Our season begins in just seven weeks.”
Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster, features a zero-to-60 miles-
per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 feet in the air.
Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through its thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird at first soars and loops high in the air and then hugs the ground, with rapid-fire “near misses” such as a fly-through barn, stone chimneys, other rides, trees, and even the ground.
Holiday World opens for the season on April 25, with the premiere of Thunderbird. Splashin’ Safari opens May 13. For more information about the parks and seasonal job opportunities, visit HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.
Adventure City in Anaheim, California is adding a family boomerang coaster built by Gerstlauer. Riders will sit two across and will be lifted backwards up and out of the station. Once at the top they will race through the station around the track and up the second spike, where they will then fly backwards and complete the same course in reverse. In this video Braedon shows off the construction progress of this New For 2015 family attraction.
Modern Woodman Park in Davenport, IA is home to several rides and attractions. The home team The Quad City River Bandits offer more than just baseball within its stadium. Join Mike as he discusses the rides as well as the differences between running an amusement park vs. a ballpark with rides within its walls.
Over the weekend Drew had the opportunity to take a rare walk back stage behind the scenes of Blazing Fury, Dollywood’s classic dark ride roller coaster. Within the video you will learn a lot about how they maintain this attraction and what the future holds for this iconic staple at Dollywood. Join Drew as he shows you around the track of this ride all decorated for a Smoky Mountain Christmas.
A new style of wooden coaster is coming to ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin, TX in 2015. The Gravity Group designed a wooden shuttle coaster. Check out this awesome point of view animation of Switchback. This coaster will feature 1,175 ft of track, A 63 foot tall lift hill, 58 foot tall drop and will reach speeds of 40 mph travailing both forwards and backwards.